I noted back in 2011 a flurry of filmmaking activity in and around Granville. “God Don’t Make the Laws” was an independent feature film that always seemed on the verge of a theatrical distribution, but never quite got one (I think) in this country. It is available now on DVD. The film received mixed reviews. A short, “Killer,” was made about the same time.

Now comes word that a Hollywood release – yes, not an “indy” – is being filmed in a set built on one of the empty buildings behind the old Dow Chemical Company research center. The film is called “The Tank” and is being produced by Glacier Films. There is apparently some hope that the site will become the permanent home of Big River Studio. Let’s hope that comes to fruition.

Meanwhile, “The Tank” is due to be released next year.


Death, I think, is felt more deeply in a small town. In a small town, everyone plays a role, and when death takes someone, especially unexpectedly and too early, it leaves a void in the life of the community. Granville unexpectedly lost two souls last week, two who happened to be among our more visible citizens.

Diana Jones operated Misty View Farm outside of town. We have boarded our horses with Diana for several years. She employed our daughter Emma for a time, and taught Emma some valuable lessons about work and horses. On Saturday, December 14, Diana had a normal day. On Sunday morning, she woke up with what thought she had a bit of stomach flu. Twenty hours later, she was dead from a relatively rare virus. We will miss her always cheerful countenance, her good humor, and her endless energy.

Although she lived outside the village limits, Diana was one of Granville’s most visible citizens. Besides her boarding business, she was the sole proprietor of the Granville Carriage Company, providing carriage rides through Granville. On warm summer nights, the clip clop of her big white Pergeron, Toby, could be heard through the village streets, giving rides to kids, tourists, and romantics young and old. In the winter, it was the jingle bells on her carriages, gently muffled by the snow, that caught the ear. That is a sound and an image that will be missed in Granville, yet that void will, in a way, keep Diana’s memory close for many Granvillians.


Diana Jones and Granville Carriage Company, Wedding Duty

Also passing away on Monday the 16th was Teresa Peters, proprietor of “The Green Store,” a place for environmentally friendly goods of all kinds. Teresa was one of those exceptional talents that Granville is so lucky to have. I was always amazed by her energy and her life’s experience. A lawyer by training, she put in stints at the OECD in Paris, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, and in economic development in South Africa. She moved back to her native Granville and started the Green Store after being diagnosed with cancer. She fought the disease her way, and survived much longer than the doctors had predicted.

Every early death is a tragic loss, especially in a small town, but these two highly visible Granvillians will be missed more than most.

God don’t make the laws, a film shot in Granville in 2010-11, won the Best Feature Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month and it now looks like the film will be released nationally this fall.

Wanna buy an inn?

Some lucky soul is going to be the new owner of the historic Buxton Inn, now on the market in Granville.

Of course, managing a restaurant and inn, especially in this economy, is one of the toughest jobs around. I have no idea how the Buxton is doing financially of late, but the Orrs have done a wonderful job of restoring and expanding the facility over the past 4 decades. It is truly a piece of Ohio history, the oldest continually operating inn in the state, and we can only hope the new owners will be as dedicated and successful as the Orrs have been.

For someone with the right skills, the opportunity to own such an historic property in such a wonderful small town ought to be appealing.

Buxton Inn today

Buxton Inn Courtyard. Photo by Kewing.

Here’s a little featurette on the making of “God Don’t Make the Laws,” the feature film starring Paul Sorvino and Bruce Davidson filmed last year in Granville. The diner shots are in Aladdin’s. The street scene where we see them filming appears to be in German Village in Columbus. I’m not sure what gym they were using.

Granville in the Movies!

Here is the trailer for “God Don’t Make the Laws,” a new feature length picture filmed last year in Granville (about 75% of it anyway).  The film is by independent Three Dog Night, which reports it has distribution agreements in place for Europe, Australia and Asia, and expects to have one finalized soon in the U.S. Meanwhile, it makes its U.S. debut in a special screening at the Arena Grand Theatre in Columbus on December 1.

Virtually all of the exterior shots and many of the interior shots were done in and around Granville. Here are just a few of the shots from the trailer:
First 15 seconds: Granville area countryside. (The steel bridge over the river at 0:09, however,is the Ohio River, I believe.)
0:21-0:23: That’s Broadway, Granville’s main boulevard, looking west from the corner of Prospect Street. The building on the left is Town Hall; in the upper left you see two church spires, the white one being the Episcopal Church, the gray stone one from the First Baptist Church.
0:54: The man on the motorcycle enters town via West Broadway, near Plum Street, just around the corner from our house.
1:06: I think that’s the intersection of Pearl and Summit Streets.
1:07: The boy in front of the house – that could be any of several Granville homes, but I think it is the Mershons’ house at the corner of Granger and College Streets.
1;21: That’s Aladdin’s diner.
1:23: I get my haircuts at the Village Barber Shop on North Prospect St.
1:27: Interior shots of the “town meeting” are in the Episcopal Church. The church is also used for exterior shots.
1:58: Fight scene is in front of the Village Coffee Shop on Broadway.
1:59: Scooter shot outside of Taylor (CVS) Drug.

Granville was chosen for the shooting because it so perfectly evokes small town America.

You can also see the trailer here

Here was the Granville Times account during the shooting.

Granville is also featured in this soon to be released short, Killer. Our friend Joanne Geiger, who owns the Readers Garden bookstore, was such a hit with the crew when they filmed in her shop that she ended up with a speaking role as, well, “Bookstore Owner.”

Here’s the trailer: .
You can see a brief cut of Joanne in the trailer – she’ll be identifiable, and that is filmed in her store. At 0:22 in the trailer a couple is riding in a carriage – that’s our friend Diana’s carriage – we board our horses at her farm just outside of town. In the background is the Village Library on the right and the Robbins-Hunter Museum on the left (the white building with the pillars). The scene at 0:58 is the corner of South Prospect and Broadway, looking past the Post Office, Library, and Robbins-Hunter Museum. The gift store where the kid grabs the man’s bag is the Granville Mill.

Christmas Shopping in Granville

Last Saturday Julie and I went off with our friends, Josie and Rob Geiger, to do some Christmas shopping in Granville. Rob took pictures for a program Josie and Julie were doing for the Chamber of Commerce. Here are just a few:

Julie at the Granville Mill

You can get things for dogs, too. Buckley joins us to shop at the Village Pet Market.

At the Granville Mill.

Julie tries on some retro fashion at Footloose on South Prospect.

Josie and Julie at Footloose.

At the “M Gallery.” These little dogs are made with sheep’s wool from good ole Licking County sheep!

Christmas ornaments at Green Velvet. I love this picture of Julie.

Trying on a red jacket at the James Store on Broadway

Julie plays with finger puppets at Reader’s Garden (Josie’s store).

What a wonderful little town!